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WestJet Concludes Repatriation Flight Program with Global Affairs Canada

Earlier this week, WestJet announced the conclusion of its repatriation flight program with the Canadian Government. The final flight of the program was flight 3903 from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Toronto’s Pearson International airport. That flight was operated on July 17. and carried 171 passengers. WestJet’s repatriation program began on April 4, and was part of WestJet’s efforts to return Canadian citizens home amid the carrier’s suspension of international service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program continued…

National Transportation Safety Board Releases Report Abstract on Atlas 3591

Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a synopsis of its forthcoming final report on the crash of Atlas Air Inc. Flight 3591 in February of 2019. The NTSB is currently in the process of making final revisions, and the information in the abstract is subject to…

Emirates Resuming Flights to Six Cities; Implements Additional Wave of…

For Emirates employees, it was a week of one step forward and two steps back. On a positive note, Emirates has announced that it will resume flights to six cities in the coming weeks. Sadly, the announcement comes as the carrier initiated more layoffs. Emirates will begin flying to Geneva…

UPS Airlines to Begin Service from Gary/Chicago International Airport This…

Earlier this month, UPS Airlines announced that it will begin service from Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary, Ind.  The flights will be operated using the carrier's Airbus A300 freighters between Gary and the cargo giant's global air hub in Louisville, Ky. This new route is yet another that shows UPS's…

Freight Volume Surges at Ontario International Airport as Passenger Numbers…

This week, California's Ontario International Airport announced a 26.64 percent increase in freight volume for the month of April 2020. That represents the airport's second straight month of gains above 20 percent. 75,171 tons of freight were loaded and unloaded at Ontario during April 2020 compared to 59,359 tons in…

Airbus Announces Progress on Biotechnology Solution for Aviation Security Issues

Earlier this week Airbus announced that it, along with California-based biotechnology and artificial intelligence company Koniku Inc., has made a “significant step” forward in the development of a "disruptive biotechnology solution" for aircraft and airport security operations by extending research to include biological hazard detection capabilities. The two companies originally…

Second Boeing 777X Test Aircraft Completes First Flight

On April 30, Boeing announced the first successful test flight of the second Boeing 777x aircraft had been completed. The announcement marked yet another important step toward the aerospace giant's latest twin heavy jet entering service. Often referred to among pilots and aviation enthusiasts as the “Triple Seven,” Boeing's 777…

Using Social Media to Cover the Entire Lifespan of the…

Every aviation enthusiast has a particular airplane that is at the top of their list. It is not always an attachment we can explain, but it is one every Avgeek understands. For Njord Zonneveld, that airplane is the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. The MD-11 is a widebody, three-engine airliner that was…

Boeing to Resume Puget Sound Region Production Using Phased Approach

After suspending operations at their Puget Sound region facilities last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boeing has announced that commercial aircraft production will resume starting next week. The company will bring production back online using a phased approach that includes measures in response to the ongoing pandemic. According to…

UPS Airlines to Operate ‘Project Air Bridge’ Flights in Response…

This week, UPS Airlines announced that it will operate 25 charter flights as part of "Project Air Bridge." Project Air Bridge was launched by the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on March 29, 2020.  Its purpose is to expedite the delivery of medical supplies and personal protective equipment…